Three Recent Favorite Things – March 2017

There’s a guy snoring loudly in the Delta Sky Club airport lounge in Miami right now. He’s right behind me, but I can’t hear him. The guy in front of me just turned around in his seat to give the clueless snorer a dirty look. But I’m as oblivious to the snoring as that slumbering buzz saw in dreamland. That’s because of my first new favorite thing: Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Over Ear Headphones. I was a bit skeptical at first because of the hefty price tag (about $350), but after just one flight, and a couple of days of wearing them in other places (office, walking on NYC sidewalks), I’m sold.

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Since I travel a good bit for work, I decided to invest in these amazing headphones. I recently picked up the new Apple AirPods, which turned me on to the the magic of wireless audio, but they do nothing to either block loud noise or to cancel the quieter, but annoying, din of everyday life (including airplane engine noise, traffic, and background noises in the office).

And when it comes to quality of noise cancellation and sound quality, you know that Bose is peerless. I have a pair of wired JVC over-the-ear noise cancelling headphones, but they don’t compare the latest in Bose sound technology and quality.  Bottom line: if you’re in the market for some new noise cancelling headphones, Bose QC 35s are the only option if you want a comfortable, quality pair.

CLEAR is a Must-have for Frequent Travelers

The second favorite thing this month is also travel related. CLEAR is an identity verification system that allows you to speed through airport security in less than one minute.

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When I first heard about CLEAR over a year ago, I was skeptical because I already had TSA PreCheck and CLEAR wasn’t available at that many airports; so I passed on it. But two things changed to make me change my mind. First, the once-speedy TSA PreCheck program has become over-run with members. PreCheck lines used to be very short, but recently, they are huge and it can take several minutes to get through. Second, CLEAR is now available at more airports, including my home base — NYC’s LaGuardia.

It’s super simple to sign up and saves you a ton of time. Just sign up online, pay the fee (two months free with this link), and the first time you use it, go through the quick in-person set up at the airport. This is when you show your government issued ID, scan your fingerprints, and irises.

The first time I used it I was amazed. It literally took me less than 30 seconds to get to the bag x-ray machine. I bypassed the 40-50 people in the once-speedy PreCheck line, escorted by a CLEAR representative. I scanned my boarding pass at a CLEAR kiosk, looked at a little mirror, which scanned my eyes for identity verification, and I was done. The CLEAR escort let me right past the TSA Officer and to the x-ray machine. I felt like a VIP while all the people in the PreCheck line gave me envious looks. This is definitely the best thing to happen in air travel in a long time. Sign up with two free months now – it’s a no brainer. You can thank me later.

Book Summaries Delivered Daily

Finally, favorite thing number three. ReaditForMe  summarizes (in text, audio, and short video clips) and delivers to your inbox one business book per day (or whatever frequency you select). There is also an archive of dozens of books that you can access on the website. I’ve been using it for a while and I love it. You can try ReaditForMe for 30 days for free with this link.

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